RCIA Stories

RCIA Stories

We have welcomed many into the Catholic Church through the years: men and women, youth, and boys and girls over age 7. People who have felt lost and didn't know where to look for God. People who have been worshiping with us for years with their Catholic spouses. Children who, for many different reasons, were not baptized as infants.

Here are some of the things they have to say about becoming Catholic:

I see that my daughter is opening her heart -- and being here in this community and coming to know God more has so much to do with it.  This journey as a family has made us all grow and strengthened our relationships with each other, with God, and with the Church.

I'm amazed at my children!  They are little sponges -- and they're so engaged now.  We didn't go to church regularly before, and even though it's stressful to get up for 8:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, we've discovered it works for us, and it's so important.  It sets the tone for the whole week.

The Easter Vigil, the day I was received into the Church, I thought I'd be nervous, but I wasn't.  I was so joyful!  That is one of the 3 best days of my life!

Becoming Catholic was like coming home.

I have been going through the RCIA process at St. Andrew by the Bay and have had such a great experience...couldn't imagine a nicer way to be welcomed into the church.  For me, religious beliefs were alwasy present but never fully explored...or understood.  I'm glad my faith will now have a home to continue to grow.

I've changed.  I didn't think I needed to change.  And I didn't know this would happen.  I can open my heart now.

I'm so full of joy--my wife and I didn't go to sleep until 3 in the morning!  We couldn't stop talking about this journey and our amazement that God brought me here.

I wan't sure if my extended family would come to the Easter Vigil when I was baptized - after all, I'm leaving their faith. But they did, and they were so joyful for me. Even my brother didn't give me a hard time!

When Fr. Jeff asked all the peoplel who'd come into the Church through RCIA to stand, I was amazed.  I had no idea that there were so many of us!

From Holy Thursday through Easter Vigil, this was an experience like I never had.  The Holy Spirit was very loud:  everything seemed amplified, more real.  It was amazing.  I don't want to lose that feeling.

Since I was baptized, I feel like there's a fire that I can't put out.

I stood up there at the altar with Fr. Jeff and looked out at the assembly, and had the incredible feeling that we're all in this together. I'm not just a guy with a baby who gets there just before Mass starts and doesn't know where to sit - I have this sense of belonging.

There's been a re-structuring in my life during the RCIA process. Work isn't the center of my life any more.

This was definitely the right time for me. I was wrestling for so long.

We wanted to start a family, and it was important for me to grow in my relationship with God not just for me, but for our family too, and to belong to a faith community.

I keep saying, 'thank you!' over and over. It feels like a second chance, and there's a challenge too - what am I going to do with it?

I've been on an amazing journey that changed everything.